Tzatziki

Tzatziki or tzadziki is a type of Greek and Turkish meze or appetizer usually used for souvlaki and gyros; it can also be used as a dip for breads, potato chips and pita. This dish is made out of strained yoghurt mixed with grated cucumber, garlic, salt, olive oil, mint and lemon juice.

I never had tried this dish before until I came here in New Zealand and saw a potato chip flavoured with tzatziki, I was intrigued what tzatziki was and grab a bag of that chips and tried. Initially I can’t decipher the real taste of it as I never had tried it before and the taste of potato was overpowering, all of what I can remember is that it was light and slightly creamy. Then one day we went into a gathering and this was one of the dishes that were served together with some kofta, we liked the taste as it made the spicy kofta light in taste and refreshing. Since then we try to make this at home once in a while like now.

Ingredients (Tzatziki)

2 cups Greek Style yogurt
1 medium cucumber, seeded
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
2 mint leaves, finely chopped
salt

Directions (Tzatziki)

  1. Roughly chop cucumbers then put in a mixing bowl together with 2 tsp of salt. Set aside for 30 minutes then squeeze cucumbers to drain any liquid out of it.
  2. Place cucumber and other ingredients in a blender or food processor and quickly blend all the ingredients together.
  3. Chill then serve.

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  1. Jenny says:

    my fave, Ray. I had it on the island of Skiathos with crispy fried courgette. It’s been a summer staple ever since!

  2. Eha says:

    I believe I have virtually ‘lived on’ tzatziki for decades. Make my life simpler tho’ by simply grating the cucumber into the yogurt! Perchance our cukes are not as bitter and I like the consistency achieved this way :) !

  3. Tessa says:

    I love tzatziki on sandwiches. Delicious!

  4. Food Stories says:

    Mmmm ~ I love tzatziki ~ Yours looks great :-)

  5. foodjaunts says:

    I love tzatziki – so refreshing with grilled meats. Have you ever had toum? If you haven’t you must give it a shot.

  6. Oh, I LOVE tzatziki Raymund. It’s nice to have a recipe to reference when I want to make it myself. Thank you!

  7. I love this stuff! So tasty, and works with and in so many dishes. Super job – thanks.

  8. mjskit says:

    What a great Tzatziki recipe! I do love this!

  9. Dear Raymund,

    This is one of my favourite dips, especially in summer with some carrots and celery sticks :)

  10. Love 2 Type says:

    the name sounds very exotic..

  11. Those tzatziki chips you refer to are a favourite in our household. I never tried making the dip before though. It looks pretty simple now that you mention it. I’d have it with some spicy meatballs. Mmmmm…

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